The economy is recovering -- but without jobs. Heidi Schierholz of the Economic Policy Institute talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what can and should be done right away to create enough jobs for everyone. Schierholz is one of the author's of the annual report The State of Working America.
Bridging the gap between the US and Africa with Hip Hop youth culture -- that's one of the aims of the new film Moving 2 the Beat, produced here in Portland and in Sierra Leone. Abdul Fofanah, co-director of the film and a Sierra Leonean -American, talks about the film here with Tom Becker.
Elizabeth Strout's bookOlive Kitteridge is a set of short stories revolving around a central character, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. Our reviewer Larry Bowlden tells us what's great about it. You can find more of Larry's reviews here.
Reponding to the recent shootings at Fort Hood, Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Maureen Katz talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about how the military uses psychiatry, and how the media portray PTSD and mental illness among soldiers and mental health workers. Who carries the trauma and the guilt produced by wars set in motion by the State? Katz is the author of an article on these matters: "Prisoners of Azkaban: Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma Due to War and State Terror (With Help from Harry Potter)."
This show is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and covers this variety of topics: What has to happen to include jobs in the economic recovery (it's not happening now); a new film about Hip Hop culture spanning the distance between Portland and Sierra Leone; how stories about PTSD and psychiatry are being used to protect the planners of war from the guilt and trauma of war; and Elizabeth Strout's pulitzer prize book of fiction Olive Kitteridge.